Snake Catcher Blog
Tell me about fangs!
December 9, 2015

Most people are aware that many snakes have fangs which are involved in the delivery of venom. What is not well understood is how snake fangs actually work. This post is “fangs 101” providing a basic description of the different fang types and how they work. Firstly to warrant having fangs it makes sense to […]

November 2015 Brisbane Snake Activity
December 6, 2015

November has seen in increase in snake sightings and callouts for our Brisbane and Gold Coast snake catchers. Carpet python sightings while still a commonly encountered snake in November are starting to be matched by a number of other local snake species. This has meant a reduced amount of scrambling around in roof spaces and […]

October 2015 Brisbane Snake Activity
November 24, 2015

October has been a busy month with an increase in snake sightings across greater Brisbane. The most commonly sighted snake this month was the carpet python with the animals now done with brumation and moving around to look for mates. Because of this our snake catchers have spent much of their time crawling around in […]

Hibernation? Nope, Brumation!
November 24, 2015

With snakes beginning to move around due to the increased temperatures many people ask me questions regarding snake hibernation and are astonished when I explain that snakes don’t actually hibernate. Hibernation refers to the way warm-blooded animals over-winter by slowing their physiological processes, entering an unconscious state and burning fat reserves to maintain organs and […]

How do snakes move?
November 24, 2015

At first glance snakes look rather disadvantaged in the locomotion department, laking limbs or other appendages with which to propel their cylindrical bodies. That said, many snakes are fast movers, efficient climbers, excellent swimmers, adept burrowers and some can even fly! kind of. So how do they do it? Snakes have five basic forms of […]

How Do Snakes Sense The World Around Them?
November 24, 2015

Humans tend to anthropomorphise other animals, thinking of their interactions, failings and abilities in a human context. While this can often make it easy for us to conceptualize complex ecological processes, it regularly fails us when considering highly adapted animals. Snakes are one such group. So what senses are important for snakes and how do […]

How does digestion work in snakes?
November 24, 2015

Snakes can fast for a number of months after consuming a large meal. Recent research looking at physiological effects of feeding in Indian Pythons (Python molorus) shows the snakes organs undergo substantial changes that remain for the entire digestive process – in this case up to 8 days. These included up to a 30% increase […]

How do snakes feed?
November 24, 2015

Being limbless offers snakes a number of advantages but ease of feeding is not one of them! A snakes body plan just doesn’t equip them with the necessary tools to effectively tear prey items into manageable sized pieces. They are however amazingly adapted for the consumption of whole, large prey items that basic physics should […]

Envenomation rates for brisbane snakes
November 24, 2015

At the mention of snakes many people envision a mindless killing machine hell bent on biting them for the mere sake of it! This couldn’t be further from the truth. Snakes are incredibly secretive animals that avoid humans at all costs and will only bite when they are threatened and feel they have no other […]